NEW ZEALAND ORION LOCATES MISSING BOAT, FIVE CREWMEMBERS OFF SAMOA

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (April 26, 2002 – New Zealand Herald/PINA Nius Online)---Five people missing on a boat off Samoa have been found by the crewmembers aboard a searching Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The nine-meter (about 30-foot) twin-hulled aluminum craft was missing for seven days on a journey between Pago Pago, American Samoa and Apia, Samoa.

The Fiji Rescue Coordination Center asked New Zealand to help in locating the boat, the newspaper said.

The vessel was found about 4:00 p.m. Thursday some 65 kilometers (39 miles) south of Samoa.

A radio was dropped to it to facilitate ocean rescue efforts.

The crewmembers are believed to be in good condition.

For additional reports from The New Zealand Herald, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/ New Zealand Herald.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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